NMC to discuss use of coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency powers

NMC to discuss use of coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency powers

The Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that it will consider its future use of the new powers it was afforded by the Department of Health and Social Care at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at its meeting on 24 March 2021. It will discuss proposals which came about following a consultation which ran until 15 Jan 2021, which asked for views on the use of virtual meetings, public access to hearings, and the number of people on a hearing panel.

The proposals recommended by the NMC to be discussed are as follows:

• the powers will continue to be used after 31 March 2021

• fitness to practice panels must include a nurse, midwife or nursing associate

• limited extensions will be granted to revalidation application dates in exceptional circumstances

• guidance will be amended to reflect any implemented proposals

• virtual hearings will be held where fair and practical

• audio-only access to virtual hearings will be offered, with video access available from the hearings centre

• notices will continue to be sent by email where an email address has been provided

The full council papers for the meeting on 24 March 2021 can be found here.

Source: NMC Council to consider future use of new powers

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